The European Union (EU) recognises Trinidad and Tobago both as a valuable partner and as an influential player in the Caribbean. Relations are based on the Cotonou Partnership Agreement and a wide range of trade and development programmes.
The EU's political relations with Trinidad and Tobago are underpinned by the Cotonou Partnership Agreement. This was signed in 2000 by the EU and the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) states. It covers a period of 20 years and is revised every 5 years.